Super Bowl 2024: Patrick Mahomes admits he likes being the ‘villain’ this season and insists ‘you have to embrace that to be great’ as the QB looks to cement the Chiefs dynasty… but claims his viral ‘dad-bod’ photo caught him at a bad angle

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has embraced his role as a villain entering Super Bowl LVIII, hoping to turn his team into a dynasty with a third title in five years.

Mahomes says that he has come to accept the role of being the NFL’s big bad wolf and the one everyone wants to see lose.

“I definitely got it since this year,” Mahomes told CBS Sports. ‘I think this is the year it actually came out that way.

‘That’s part of it. You turn into that villain. You turn into that team that everyone doesn’t want to win. You also have to embrace being great.

“And I think you’ve seen the greats do that in every sport, whenever they start building dynasties and stuff like that. And we want to do that, and we want to stamp it with the Super-bowl victory.

Patrick Mahomes is fully embracing the role of a villain ahead of his fourth Super Bowl berth

Patrick Mahomes is fully embracing the role of a villain ahead of his fourth Super Bowl berth

CBS’ Nate Burleson pointed out that Mahomes smiled during the interview and suggested that the quarterback seemed to enjoy playing that villain role.

“I do, man,” he replied. “And I don’t think I really understood that until this year. When you get into the playoffs and you’re on the road and, you know, it’s just you and your teammates against everybody, it’s a different perspective.’

The conversation turned to the subject of being a living legend, something Mahomes briefly pushed back against. “Man, honestly, that’s something I’ve always wanted to be, just been someone who could just maximize and be a great sports player and take advantage of all the opportunities. The living legend is something I will leave for other people to talk about.’

Burleson jumped in and said he knew Mahomes was “a humble guy,” but told him, “You know you’re one of the greats. You don’t have to say it. I will say this. Everyone else says that.’

Mahomes continued: ‘I think there are two things. One, as I said earlier, I never want to regret. I think that’s my biggest fear in anything in the world, is not maximizing the opportunities that I’ve had in my life.

‘And I know I’ve been blessed with many different things. And being on the Kansas City Chiefs, (my) time on the Kansas City Chiefs is one of them.

And the second thing is, I saw greatness before me. I saw Tom (Brady), I saw Peyton (Manning) and I watched it growing up, and I want to do what I can, that I can be that inspiration for the generation behind me. And I think it’s another way.

“But at the same time, I want guys to come up and say, ‘Hey, I want to be like that guy and the way he carries himself on and off the field.’

Mahomes: 'I want to do what I can, to be that inspiration for the generation behind me'

Mahomes: ‘I want to do what I can, to be that inspiration for the generation behind me’

Patrick Mahomes will try to seal the Chiefs as a dynasty with a third title in five years

Patrick Mahomes will try to seal the Chiefs as a dynasty with a third title in five years

In a light moment, Mahomes also addressed a viral locker room moment where people mocked him for his ‘dad bod’ body.

“I got a bad angle, man,” Mahomes laughed. “I say, hopefully we win this game. I might just take my shirt off right there in the middle of the field.

“I need the upward angle. You know what I am. Where they come from. See the chest a little.

‘I know it was a bad picture, but I’m going to show everyone, man. I’ve got a bit of something going on – still a dad vibe, but not as bad as that picture made it out to be.’